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1 Demographics

Professional Roles
 
  1. Maryland
CSTA
Other (please specify) 6 (9.2%) 124 (7%)
K-12 Teacher 53 (81.5%) 1297 (73.4%)
Non-Profit 3 (4.6%) 84 (4.8%)
District Administrator 2 (3.1%) 47 (2.7%)
Higher Education Faculty 1 (1.5%) 128 (7.2%)
All Other Roles 0 (0%) 88 (5%)
Professional Roles (Other)
(please specify)
Resource teacher
Department Chair
Media specialist.
Investor
Resource Teacher
Technology Facilitator / K-5th
CS Teaching Percentage
 
 GroupnBar0%1-25%26-50%51-75%76-100%
What percent of your current role is directly teaching computer science?
  1. Maryland
60 10% 18% 12% 12% 48%
CSTA 1598 9% 25% 14% 11% 41%
 
CS Teaching Experience
 
 GroupnBar0 yearsThis is my first year2-4 years5-7 years8-10 years11 or more years
For how many years have you taught computer science?
  1. Maryland
61 5% 3% 34% 20% 11% 26%
CSTA 1600 6% 5% 34% 22% 10% 23%
 
Grade Bands
 
  1. Maryland
CSTA
PK-2 7 (10.3%) 205 (10.8%)
3-5 9 (13.2%) 276 (14.5%)
6-8 17 (25%) 488 (25.7%)
9-12 35 (51.5%) 924 (48.6%)
All Other Grade Bands 0 (0%) 9 (0.5%)
a Participants may select more than one response
b Grade Bands: PK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and N/A
CS Courses
 
  1. Maryland
CSTA
Integrated computer science course (K-8) 6 (5.4%) 238 (8.2%)
Intro-Level High School Computer Science Course (e.g., Exploring Computer Science, Intro to CS) 29 (25.9%) 633 (21.7%)
Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles 20 (17.9%) 508 (17.4%)
Advanced Placement Computer Science A 18 (16.1%) 384 (13.2%)
Other (please specify) 14 (12.5%) 358 (12.3%)
Standalone computer science course (K-8) 14 (12.5%) 337 (11.5%)
Specialized Computing Course (e.g., Robotics, Game Design) 11 (9.8%) 454 (15.6%)
All Other Courses 0 (0%) 6 (0.2%)
a Participants may select more than one response
Courses (Other)
(please specify)
robotics and apps elective classes
Linux Essentials
OO Design; Data Structures
Digital Electronics/Robotics and programming.
Integrated course into library media center. Currently on hiatus.
Web Design
Middle school introductory courses
Algorithms and data structures, software engineering
CS Discoveries
Integrated into library activities.
yearbook
Post APCSA
None at this time
digital electronics
CSTA Membership Type
 
 GroupnBarBasicCSTA+currently Basic but previously CSTA+I’m not a member
What is your CSTA membership type?
  1. Maryland
60 45% 50% 5% 0%
CSTA 1596 55% 41% 4% 1%
 

2 Reflecting on Chapter Engagement

Table 1. Event Attendance
 
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How many chapter events did you attend during this past school year (July 2020 to present)?
  1. Maryland
67 45% 9% 7% 9% 3% 7% 19%
CSTA 1769 46% 20% 12% 7% 5% 3% 7%
 
Table 2. Engagement
How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
 GroupnmeanBarBoxStrongly DisagreeDisagreeNeither Agree nor DisagreeAgreeStrongly Agree
I can name the leaders of my chapter.
  1. Maryland
67 3.13 18% 19% 15% 27% 21%
CSTA 1756 3.14 14% 24% 16% 26% 20%
I feel connected to a local community of computer science teachers.
  1. Maryland
67 3.57 6% 16% 16% 37% 24%
CSTA 1761 3.41 6% 17% 24% 34% 18%
I have someone or some way to ask questions and receive support.
  1. Maryland
67 3.96 3% 9% 16% 33% 39%
CSTA 1757 3.72 5% 9% 19% 44% 23%
I know where to find listings of chapter events/activities.
  1. Maryland
67 3.78 3% 16% 7% 46% 27%
CSTA 1768 3.58 6% 16% 14% 42% 22%
My perspective is welcomed and honored in my chapter.
  1. Maryland
67 3.85 1% 0% 42% 25% 31%
CSTA 1754 3.68 3% 2% 42% 31% 22%
Overall, I feel satisfied with the activities of my chapter.
  1. Maryland
67 3.90 1% 6% 21% 45% 27%
CSTA 1758 3.60 4% 6% 35% 36% 19%
The days and times of most chapter events are accessible to me, given my schedule.
  1. Maryland
67 3.51 3% 12% 33% 36% 16%
CSTA 1758 3.44 4% 14% 33% 35% 15%
 
Table 3. Communication Frequency
 
 GroupnBarToo LittleJust About RightToo Much
How would you describe the frequency of communication from your chapter?
  1. Maryland
66 8% 88% 5%
CSTA 1708 24% 74% 2%
 
Table 4. Success
Share a success
Verbal support during virtual and hybrid learning to remind us that we, as teachers, are not alone.
I attended a Python session on Data Science, which was just the kind of class I wanted to create, so it gave me some ideas. One of the members led it and it was very helpful.
the information about AI has been invaluable
My chapter has given me lots of resources and support to teach virtually and hybrid.
Shared events that are relevant to my curriculum
The chapter supported me while preparing to take the praxis
Provided PD support for teachers allowing us to gain knowledge for our curriculums and build our network of teachers. Also creating a shared knowledge base.
Offered support in CS learning/instruction: cybersecurity, machine learning, summer camps
Not sure.
I have not had much free time to take advantage of chapter activities. Being a new teacher I was concentrating on the week-to-week figuring out the curriculum. I hope to take advantage of more next year.
I’ve gotten some great ideas for lessons and other best practices during the PD session of our meetings. I really like that they also tap into the talent of the chapter members to do the presentations so you know it’s actually going to work and someone can tell you what to do, or NOT to do! As the only CS teacher at a small school it’s nice to get ideas from others and I’ve definitely gotten lots from our meeting! :)
None
Have not participated
I appreciate the emails encouraging members to attend meetings, letting them know about upcoming events, job postings, etc.
Whenever I have a question about implementing a new course or topic, CSTA has always been able to put me in touch with the right people.
Shares upcoming PD opportunities
Code.org Professional Development
The chapter has provided a wealth of opportunities and is great is sending out updates and reminders. I just have been very involved in other activities.
it will when it happen
Not sure how the chapter has helped me this year.
At the monthly meetings, there have been some wonderful guest speakers who have shared their work. I have been better able to spread CS awareness by sharing these presentations.
Providing resources and strategies for virtual and hybrid teaching/learning.
Nothing as off right now.
sharing info and meeting others in CS education
They have reached out – I have been very busy at school with teaching and extra duty.
the 2 day mini conference was very good
Not sure.
By providng resouces to aid my teaching during both Virtual and Hybrid Learning.
Suggesting CS activities to use in my curriculum.
Informative presentations at monthly meetings; breakout groups.
PD
Some great workshops with great ideas for classes
I learned about Jamboard from Google during a meeting! My kids love using it for feedback or idea sharing!
I passed the Praxis exam.
Informed me about CS jobs, CS praxis help, news about CS
Artificial Intelligence content
Resources for teaching CS.
They’ve offered PD in Computer Science and AI topics; however, of course it was on Zoom. I am too overwhelmed to get on Zoom for anything else once I am finished with work.
By providing awesome support for CS classroom instructional strategies and teacher collaboration on best practices.
The connection and community has been a source of joy!
Providing information and resources to local/ national opportunities.

3 Input for Chapter Planning

Table 5. Recommended Events
What types of events would you most want to attend?
 GroupnmeanBarBoxLow PriorityMedium PriorityHigh Priority
Mentoring
  1. Maryland
60 1.82 40% 38% 22%
CSTA 1600 1.84 34% 48% 18%
Networking Opportunities
  1. Maryland
61 2.08 21% 49% 30%
CSTA 1617 2.06 22% 50% 28%
Professional Development (PD)
  1. Maryland
61 2.52 7% 34% 59%
CSTA 1618 2.60 3% 33% 64%
Professional Learning Communities
  1. Maryland
61 2.46 7% 41% 52%
CSTA 1616 2.41 7% 45% 48%
 
Table 6. Recommended PD
What types of professional development (PD) activities would you most want to attend? (Please keep in mind that CSTA Chapters are at varying stages of development and may not be able to provide all of the support listed in the survey.)
 GroupnmeanBarBoxLow PriorityMedium PriorityHigh Priority
Book or Movie Club
  1. Maryland
59 1.41 66% 27% 7%
CSTA 1575 1.50 61% 28% 11%
Focused Review of Lesson
  1. Maryland
59 1.78 34% 54% 12%
CSTA 1560 1.78 37% 48% 15%
Full-Day or Multi-Day Events
  1. Maryland
60 2.00 20% 60% 20%
CSTA 1584 2.01 26% 46% 28%
Learning about New Curricula
  1. Maryland
61 2.49 8% 34% 57%
CSTA 1594 2.46 7% 41% 52%
Learning about New Tools
  1. Maryland
61 2.77 3% 16% 80%
CSTA 1604 2.64 3% 30% 67%
Lesson Study
  1. Maryland
61 1.79 34% 52% 13%
CSTA 1560 1.74 39% 48% 13%
Practice Teaching Strategies
  1. Maryland
62 2.06 23% 48% 29%
CSTA 1585 2.20 18% 45% 38%
Regional CS PD Week
  1. Maryland
60 2.05 25% 45% 30%
CSTA 1576 2.09 21% 50% 30%
Show and Tell Standards-Aligned Activity
  1. Maryland
61 2.02 25% 49% 26%
CSTA 1583 2.10 22% 46% 32%
Student Work Analysis
  1. Maryland
61 1.89 34% 43% 23%
CSTA 1570 1.88 32% 48% 20%
 
PD (other)
What types of professional development (PD) activities would you most want to attend? (Please keep in mind that CSTA Chapters are at varying stages of development and may not be able to provide all of the support listed in the survey.)
grant/funding support
NOne
Keeping abreast of developments in computer science and in the languages we use
Educational opptys
Raspberry Pi
Table 7. Prioritized PD Content
How would you prioritize content for PD?
 GroupnmeanBarBoxLow PriorityMedium PriorityHigh Priority
Classroom Practice
  1. Maryland
61 2.31 15% 39% 46%
CSTA 1602 2.44 8% 39% 53%
CS Knowledge and Skills
  1. Maryland
61 2.67 3% 26% 70%
CSTA 1610 2.55 5% 36% 60%
Equity and Inclusion
  1. Maryland
61 2.30 16% 38% 46%
CSTA 1602 2.23 17% 44% 40%
Instructional Design
  1. Maryland
61 2.33 11% 44% 44%
CSTA 1601 2.41 8% 44% 48%
Professional Growth and Identity
  1. Maryland
61 2.10 16% 57% 26%
CSTA 1601 2.25 12% 51% 37%
 
Table 8. Content or Specific Topics
What content or specific topics would you like to see?
Robotics
CS Knowledge and Skills for the elementary level
Artificial Intelligence and AP CS A.
Networking
more about how to include cybersecurity in the existing curriculum
Support for entering students in CS competitions.
Below question: How Frequently? I’d like to see it somewhere between once a month and twice a quarter.
Flipped or self-paced classroom ideas (aka Modern Classrooms). How to make CS fun, exciting, relevant, accessible
AI for middle school
Cyber and AI
Makerspace
Web Development, Game Programming, Cybersecurity, Data Mining/Analysis, Artificial Intelligence
Advances in the field of cs. Improvements in the java language
what ever the best for us
Artificial Intelligence and Java PRogramming curriculum ideas and strategies.
More A.I. driven topics.
PDs on teaching computer science to high school special education/ELL or 504s
Python and Artificial Intelligence
na
Review CS knowledge and skills for a better understanding for how a product works in a classroom setting.
Robotics, AI, ML, cloud storage and apps
AI, equity, how to recruit, career counseling for my students (internships, college choices, etc)
AI
Raspberry Pi, Arduino Board
Defining concepts of CS.
I am at the beginning stages of CS so for me I would need to build more of a foundation in introductory content.
cybersecurity tools & application
Table 9. Virtual vs. In-Person
 
 GroupnBarAll VirtualMostly Virtual with Some In-PersonHalf and HalfMostly In-Person with Some VirtualAll In-Person
What proportion of virtual vs in-person events would you like to have next year?
  1. Maryland
62 18% 39% 34% 8% 2%
CSTA 1620 9% 30% 36% 20% 6%
 
Table 10. Individual Contribution
How would you like to contribute to your chapter? (If you want to contribute to your chapter in new ways and are unsure how, please write to your chapter leaders.)
 GroupnBarI am not interested in doing thisI currently do thisI do not do this but am interested
Attend Events
  1. Maryland
61 5% 46% 49%
CSTA 1592 6% 42% 52%
Help Fundraise or Make Connections to Partners
  1. Maryland
60 72% 3% 25%
CSTA 1542 67% 4% 29%
Mentor Another Member
  1. Maryland
59 49% 10% 41%
CSTA 1549 52% 7% 42%
Present or Facilitate Part of a Meeting/Event
  1. Maryland
60 45% 15% 40%
CSTA 1555 47% 14% 40%
Provide Resources
  1. Maryland
58 29% 12% 59%
CSTA 1552 32% 16% 52%
Recruit New Members
  1. Maryland
58 55% 12% 33%
CSTA 1551 50% 16% 33%
Serve as a Chapter Leader
  1. Maryland
59 78% 8% 14%
CSTA 1546 70% 11% 18%
 
Individual Contribution (other)
What types of professional development (PD) activities would you most want to attend? (Please keep in mind that CSTA Chapters are at varying stages of development and may not be able to provide all of the support listed in the survey.)
Unsure how - don’t know chapter leaders
attend pd
Table 11. Other Comments:
Other Comments:
Keep up the great work!
I love having CSTA and CSTA-MD as resources. It’s definitely given me energy this past year to keep doing what I love!
thank you for providing the free membership
Thank you
I have enjoyed the resources provided to me from CSTA activities.
Thank you
I love being part of a chapter that truly cares about its members and wants to help everyone be the best they can be!!
I have not been teaching CS. I was supposed to get free PD training last summer but because of the pandemic, all in person activities were cancelled. They were shifted to Zoom, and being on Zoom for hours is really too much for me. I don’t prefer this style of learning, especially being forced to do this with my students all day and even for staff meetings and other types of meetings. I will be happy for a return to in person activities.
Table 12. Suggestion
Share a suggestion
More of the sustained outreach that I experienced this year.
Different times for meetings. Thursdays at 4 pm after school is very hard. I would love some later evening sessions.
more elementary collaboration opportunities
Artificial Intelligence trainings and computer science trainings to teach AP CS A.
Continue offering support and great meetings
I like the virtual opportunities to connect with teachers from around the state.
Lesson and activity sharing or resources.
I would like to see opportunities for classroom grants support so teachers can purchase CS equipment and project kits for students.
Pre-Covid level of activities and get togethers (when possible)
Meetings at more convenient times.
More personal interaction with the members. Smaller, local school districts cohort kind of meetings
More time to meet with other teachers in my grade band so we can discuss more of what is going on, what’s working, and what needs improvement.
More webinar activities
Collaboration
A focus on the different curriculum branches of Computer Science, i.e. Web Development, Cybersecurity, Game Programming etc.
A DC chapter.
Would like to see the professional development grants and passing the computer science praxis stipend again :)
Hoping for an in person event in 2021-22 school year!
More teachers, especially new ones.
i would like to see success in this next year
More virtual and in person training for courses like AP CS A.
Maybe some more PD opportunities that help with new teaching methods in CS.
Professional developments maybe once a quarter
Continue with online mini conferences
na
Smiles and teeth.
More teacher to teacher conversations
?
More of the same–I just didn’t have as much time to participate because the increased time constraints from school with the pandemic changes
More time to connect with other teachers. I’m only 1 of 2 CS teachers on our campus so having contacts with others would be a great thing to me.
Sponsor coding camps
With lifting of covid restrictions I am hopeful we can have in person events.
Integrated CS lessons.
I hope for in person activities to come back. I have not participated in anything extra if it is being given on Zoom or any platform like it. I am very tired of sitting in front of the computer for hours on end.
How teachers can write group grants for funding support on CS classroom projects.
More of the same!

Dianne O'Grady-Cunniff, dogrady at usmd dot edu
Director, Maryland Center for Computing Education

Dr. Megean Garvin, mgarvin at usmd dot edu
Director of Research, Maryland Center for Computing Education

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MCCE received initial support from the National Science Foundation, (MSP)2 Grant No. 0831970.